Hen weekends and hen party packages have changed enormously in the past few years, and now there are plenty of options out there to suit everyone… One of the most popular ideas for a hen treat is a relaxing and pampering weekend or holiday away… What better location could there be for this than the Mediterranean, and in particular a break on the beautiful island of Sicily…
Hen Heaven In Sicily
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is just off the toe of Italy’s geographical ‘boot’. It has been a crossroads of cultures for 3,000 years, a history reflected in its diverse architecture, cuisine and ancient ruins. Palermo, the capital, offers colorful street life, bustling markets and Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina.
On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Sicily also packed with Unesco World Heritage sites, sandy Mediterranean beaches and stuning countryside striped with dry stone walls and dotted with carob, almond and olive trees.
In order to get the most from your hen break, you, or your bridesmaids will need to do a little research prior to your visit. There are plenty of wonderful boards on Pinterest which will help inspire you, along with plenty of online travel guides too.
Your priority will be to get the perfect accommodation for your break… Chic Retreats offer some amazing properties around the world, but their Aranjaya Villa ticked all the boxes for us as we researched accommodation on Sicily! This citrus plantation has been transformed into an 8 room Chic Retreats set in 300 acres of orange grove (mostly blood orange). Interiors are rustic-chic, and spectacular views of Mount Etna and beyond can be enjoyed from the Orangery and terraces.
Fully staffed and serviced with a stunning pool and floodlit tennis court there could no better place to enjoy Sicilian sunshine! The Aranjaya chef is a Tunisian cook with great Mediterranean specialities and will cater to guests preferences, vegetarian, fish and/or meat, all locally produced or caught, organic and with an eye on their carbon footprint using local suppliers wherever possible.
Sicily truly is the perfect destination for some pre-wedding pampering and relaxing treat with your favourite hens… If you’re planning your own visit, or have visited the island before, let us know – we’d love to hear from you!